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Kathryn B.

Long Beach, CA

$60/hr

Stellar Math, SAT, and English Tutor

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I have over 5 years of teaching/tutoring experience and 10 years working with youth of all ages. Isn't it time you give your kids a tutor that can not only teach the material, but also make learning a pleasant experience? Truth is most children like learning, when we are young we consider a trip to the zoo or museum an exciting adventure. When a child faces obstacles to their learning, it stops being fun. Once those obstacles are removed learning becomes exciting again. When youth are able to perfect new skills it boosts their self-esteem and leads to future success. In order to get there youth need a safe comfortable environment in which to learn without judgment.

When it comes to math I teach not only how to get the right answers, but also why the answer is right and how to check their work so they know come test day if they've made any small errors. I work not only with them at their current level, but also strengthen their core math skills (addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication) so they can predict answers before entering them into their calculators and have the skills to solve problems they haven't encountered before.

Nobody likes to feel behind in their English. I match age appropriate materials with students' skill level. When working with essay writing I focus first on giving the child the skills to express their concepts in an organized fashion and then work on improving their grammar and spelling. Unlike other tutors I don't promise "instant" improvement. Why? It's very hard to suddenly be expected to know hundreds of new rules. The exception to this is of course college applications. There I take several sessions to draft and edit an essay. Why? This is a reflection of the applicant not his/her tutor. Colleges and universities look for the applicants personality to shine through and if I pushed a teenager through the process, it would look like a strange hybrid of personalities shining through.

About me:
I have a Juris Doctorate and a B.A. in International Studies. I write poetry and have had several of my poems published. I worked with children aged 6 to 17 and on occasion adults pursuing a GED or English Proficiency.

Testimonials

"Exactly the tutor we needed!"

- Elaine, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on 10/17/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Astronomy, Biology, Psychology, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
History:
American History, Criminal Justice,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Special Needs
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ASVAB, CBEST, GED, LSAT, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Public Speaking, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADD/ADHD

I've worked with many children who have ADD or ADHD, both on and off medication. I adapt my lessons by having shorter lessons with them on a more frequent basis. In the lessons I break down concepts into smaller chunks and will move on to a new subject quicker. In order to assure they have understood the lesson I will do a quick review of the concept the next lesson. I also am constantly either guiding them through the steps or having them guide me through the steps as the constant verbalization keeps them on track and lets me know quicker when their brain has wandered. In addition to the subject at hand I always spend a few extra minutes on organization with my ADD/ADHD students.

Cooking

I've been cooking since I was 5 years old. I specialize in Organic and Vegetarian cooking. I've taught cooking skills to children as young as 6 years old as a part of my 5 years as a camp counselor. I can also teach you how to prepare a weekly menu and create wonderful meals on a budget.

Criminal Justice

I am a graduate of law school and have had a strong academic knowledge of the greater criminal justice system since middle school. In middle school and high school I had a mentor in a local crime lab who taught me the inner workings of the lab and advised me on my high school senior paper. In college I minored in criminology studying criminology, police methodology, and pre-law.

Dyslexia

I used to be a classroom assistant in a special needs classroom. There I worked with students on reading comprehension and mathematics. I have also tutored private students with dyslexia. When working with students with dyslexia I use a variety of approaches. I have a strong background in multi-sensory teaching, and call on that to develop lessons that make the materials accessible and interesting to my pupils. I also do a lot of co-reading during my lessons, giving students a vital link between the written word and the spoken word.

ESL/ESOL

In college I took a seminar on how to teach English to non-native learners. This seminar included teaching classes twice a week to English learners. I have tutored a number of ESL/ESOL students since then, everything from conversational partners to academic help in a variety of subjects.

Study Skills

: I have a Juris Doctorate and a B.A. in International Studies. I work with students on a wide variety of study skills. I focus on test taking skills, organizational skills, and note taking skills with all my students. When necessary or requested I work with students to develop study plans and routines and will walk them through the steps needed to solve common problems. I can work with them on how to get access to help when they need it from their teachers and peers to reduce tutor dependence. My goal is that all my students develop the skills necessary to think through problems and learn effectively on their own.

Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
Hofstra University School of Law
J.D.

Education

Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

Hofstra University School of Law (J.D.)

Exactly the tutor we needed! — Kathyrn is exactly the tutor we need for our son. Her expertise and life experience have enabled her to pinpoint the issues that need to be addressed with his homework and classroom procedures. We feel lucky to have found her. ...

— Elaine, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on 10/17/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kathryn will travel within 20 miles of Long Beach, CA 90802.


About Kathryn

I have over 5 years of teaching/tutoring experience and 10 years working with youth of all ages. Isn't it time you give your kids a tutor that can not only teach the material, but also make learning a pleasant experience? Truth is most children like learning, when we are young we consider a trip to the zoo or museum an exciting adventure. When a child faces obstacles to their learning, it stops being fun. Once those obstacles are removed learning becomes exciting again. When youth are able to perfect new skills it boosts their self-esteem and leads to future success. In order to get there youth need a safe comfortable environment in which to learn without judgment.

When it comes to math I teach not only how to get the right answers, but also why the answer is right and how to check their work so they know come test day if they've made any small errors. I work not only with them at their current level, but also strengthen their core math skills (addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication) so they can predict answers before entering them into their calculators and have the skills to solve problems they haven't encountered before.

Nobody likes to feel behind in their English. I match age appropriate materials with students' skill level. When working with essay writing I focus first on giving the child the skills to express their concepts in an organized fashion and then work on improving their grammar and spelling. Unlike other tutors I don't promise "instant" improvement. Why? It's very hard to suddenly be expected to know hundreds of new rules. The exception to this is of course college applications. There I take several sessions to draft and edit an essay. Why? This is a reflection of the applicant not his/her tutor. Colleges and universities look for the applicants personality to shine through and if I pushed a teenager through the process, it would look like a strange hybrid of personalities shining through.

About me:
I have a Juris Doctorate and a B.A. in International Studies. I write poetry and have had several of my poems published. I worked with children aged 6 to 17 and on occasion adults pursuing a GED or English Proficiency.

Testimonials

"Exactly the tutor we needed!"

- Elaine, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on 10/17/12
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Education

Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
Hofstra University School of Law
J.D.

Education

Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

Hofstra University School of Law (J.D.)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Long Beach, CA 90802

Kathryn’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math
English:
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Astronomy, Biology, Psychology, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
History:
American History, Criminal Justice,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia,
Special Needs
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ASVAB, CBEST, GED, LSAT, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Public Speaking, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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